One agreement at the last moment has returned to save the presence of the lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, in a conference of presidents, as happened now a year ago. After several days of uncertainty, Urkullu announced on Wednesday his participation in the meeting that will take place next Friday in Salamanca, to which he has already announced that the president of the Generalitat of Catalonia will not attend, Pere Aragonés.
The presence of the Lehendakari will be possible after the Basque Government has closed a meeting with the central for this Thursday of the Mixed Concert Commission to specify a series of taxes that will be managed by the Basque county councils, competent institutions in tax matters in the Basque Country.
In this joint commission it is foreseen that transfer VAT collection from distance sales to the autonomous community, Financial Transactions and Digital Services.
One Similar scenario occurred a year ago, on July 31, 2020. Then the Conference of Presidents was held in San Millán de la Cogolla (La Rioja), the first face-to-face meeting of Pedro Sánchez with the regional presidents since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Urkullu, what had participated in the 14 telematic meetings held during the state of alarm, he communicated days before that he had no intention of attending, precisely because a meeting of the Mixed Concert Commission had not been called to agree on an increase in the indebtedness of Euskadi as a result of the fall in collection due to the stoppage of the activity.
Criticism from Madrid: “This is not serious”
Finally, the two governments announced minutes before the meeting in San Millán de la Cogolla, chaired by the king, an agreement to establish a deficit target of 2.6% of GDP for the Basque Country in 2020.
This agreement prompted criticism from some political leaders and the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, who said that this agreement was to save Urkullu’s presence at the conference it broke the principle of equality between the regions.
The criticisms have not been slow to come out this Wednesday, and have also come from the Madrid community, through its Minister of Economy, Finance and Employment, Javier Fernández-Lasquetty: You consider it defeated and you give it up, the next thing they do is give you another pulse every time the Conference of Presidents is called, and he, in addition to going, takes something out. It’s a joke? That’s not serious“.